The Budgetary Control Committee endorsed the nominations of the Greek, French, Luxembourgish, Dutch and UK candidates for the Court of Auditors in five secret ballots on Monday. A round of half-hour hearings had already been held on 7 November. The candidatures now go to the full Parliament for a final vote in December.
EU member states must step up on controls on their administrations’ spending of EU funding, and face penalties for making the same errors year after year, said MEPs at Tuesday’s Budgetary Control Committee meeting, where the European Court of Auditors (ECA) reported on EU spending in 2012. The error rate in expenditure was higher in 2012 than a year before, a fact noted with regret by the committee.